What’s wrong with Writers’ Conferences by Agent Zack
A particularly worthwhile post about meeting agents face-to-face at conferences, here.
Controversial opinion to whet your interest: “My advice: Stop offering those one-on-one sessions.”
Toward the end of the post, he writes: “I would like writers’ conferences to be more about teaching. Teach authors how to write query letters. Teach them how to properly format their manuscripts (please!). Introduce them to the Chicago Manual of Style and what “style” is. Teach them how to use Microsoft Word to apply styles (the other kind)* and create a clean manuscript that can easily be converted for eBook publication or printed book production.
Emphasis in the above paragraph mine. Just an FYI, my writer pal Joan Leacott teaches a course on maximizing MS Word, with a lot of focus on using styles to format a manuscript. She does groups or one-on-ones. Tips 4 WIPS course info, here.
(Cross posted to my Storm Grant blog)